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A Billion Bucks for Clean Cal Vehicles

August 30, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, policy by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lawmakers Aim for ‘a Diesel-Free California by 2030:’
New California Senate Plan Calls for Big Program Boosts
In Cap-and-Trade Money for School Buses and Port Trucks

“A diesel-free California by 2030” is the goal of California lawmakers who called yesterday for nearly $1 billion in cap-and-trade revenues to be used to fund clean vehicle placement and diesel retrofit and replacement projects.

San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation

January 11, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, investments, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Technical Assistance, Project Development, Funding Support

The new, California Energy Commission-funded San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center is to “provide technical assistance, project development expertise, and support with acquiring funding for San Joaquin Valley vehicle fleet owners, local governments, businesses, and residents,” Calstart said today.

GTrans’ Repowered Electric Drive Buses

October 20, 2015 in Electric Drive, money awarded, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$2.7 Million from the California Energy Commission to Support Project
As Fully Battery Electric BYD Bus Purchased Too for Comparison Purposes,
City of Gardena Transit Agency Considers Full Fleet Electrification by 2022

The City of Gardena (Los Angeles) is taking advantage of a $2.7 million award by the California Energy Commission to deploy and gather data on five 100% battery electric buses in disadvantaged areas. One of the GTrans agency’s 40-foot New Flyer low-floor buses has already been converted by Complete Coach Works and four others are in line. updated October 21

EDI & Greenkraft Unveil CNG Plug-In

October 6, 2015 in CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Class 4 Truck Said to Be a ‘First-of-its-Kind Market-Disruptive Vehicle’

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. has unveiled a compressed natural gas-fueled plug-in hybrid electric Class 4 logistics truck it says was “made possible by EDI’s innovative drivetrain technology and vehicle control software.”

2,000th HVIP Voucher Awarded

September 1, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids, milestones, money available, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$23,000 to Redwood Products of Chino for a Hino Hybrid

The California Air Resources Board and Calstart last week celebrated the 2,000th award under HVIP, the agency’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher program – $23,000 to Redwood Products of Chino toward the purchase of a Hino 195h hybrid vehicle.

Officials and awardees celebrated the 2,000 HNIP voucher at Redwood Products of Chino last week.

Officials and awardees celebrated the 2,000 HVIP voucher at Redwood Products of Chino last week: Redwood Products co-owner Marcie Rodriguez, Barbara Riordan of CARB, and Rush Truck Center’s Hicidro Campa are presented with certificates by Chris Craig, a staffer with California Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (at podium left); CCAEJ/Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice founder and executive director Penny Newman speaks in photo at right.

Since its launch in 2010, CARB says, HVIP has provided more than $63 million to help California fleets statewide purchase more than 430 zero-emission trucks and buses and 1,800 hybrid trucks and buses. Funding for this program is primarily supported through California Climate Investments programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions.

“Thanks to California Climate Investments, which support clean transportation programs like HVIP, our communities are getting an infusion of resources that help businesses buy low-carbon vehicles, support economic growth and help clean the air – all which will pay dividends for generations to come,” CARB executive officer Richard Corey says in the agency’s release.

HVIP LogoA Third of a 195h

The $23,000 for Redwood Products covered close to one-third of the price of a low-carbon Hino 195h hybrid truck. Redwood Products provides mulch, wood chips and other products to nurseries and the landscape industry in five western states.

HVIP provides vouchers of up to $95,000 for California purchasers and lessees of zero-emission trucks and buses, and up to $30,000 for eligible hybrid trucks and buses on a first-come, first-served basis. HVIP also provides incentives of up to $110,000 for zero-emission trucks that provide benefits to disadvantaged communities.

New CARB Funding Plan Approved

In June, CARB notes, the agency board approved a $373 million funding plan that covers all investments in advanced technologies for fiscal year 2015-16, from zero-emission heavy-duty trucks to rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles. The bulk of the $373 million – $350 million – comes through California Climate Investments.

“These low-carbon transportation investments include $200 million for light-duty vehicles and $167.5 million for heavy-duty vehicle and freight-equipment projects, including vouchers to help support the purchase of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses,” CARB says.

California was the first state to get Hino's COE 195h cabover hybrid.

California was the first state to get Hino’s COE 195h cabover hybrid.

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Source: California Air Resources Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CEC Funds eVehicle, Fuel Cell Projects

July 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than $10 Million for Demonstrations in Disadvantaged Areas

The California Energy Commission has approved more than $10 million in grants for four electric-drive vehicle projects including a zero emission fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers, and battery-electric school buses.

EPA Phase II Webinar on Thursday

July 14, 2015 in Regulations, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Calstart Hosting Free Session on U.S. EPA-NHTSA Proposal

Pasadena, Calif.-based Calstart is hosting a webinar this Thursday providing an overview of the new truck and bus efficiency regulations recently proposed by the U.S. EPA and NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (F&F, June 23).

Calstart+EPA-FEATUREDThe free Calstart webinar begins at 11:00 Pacific time on Thursday, July 16.

The EPA Phase II regulations, which are expected to be finalized by March, cover truck and bus fuel economy – and carbon emissions reductions – for the next 12 years.

Calstart senior VP Bill Van Amburg will explain what the new rules require, their impacts and benefits, and how the regulation might be adjusted.

“This webinar will provide an overview of the new federal regulations, a preview of the fleet benefits information, as well as an interactive discussion about the key issues with industry and fleet attendees,” Calstart says, noting that it’s preparing a full report on the pending regulations as well.

The lengthy EPA-NHTSA proposal has now been published in the Federal Register, and the deadline for public comments is September 11. 

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Source: Calstart with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NAFA-Calstart for Fleet Sustainability

April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Our Members Will Extend Benefits to Their Bottom Line’

Launching what’s been termed a LEED program for vehicles, the NAFA Fleet Management Association and Calstart have introduced an accreditation program with tiered performance ratings to encourage vehicle fuel saving and overall environmental sustainability.


Clean Fleet April 6 in Sacramento

March 27, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Transportation Efficiencies Forum Precedes Green California Summit

A Clean Fleet Transportation Efficiencies Forum and clean vehicle showcase and ride-and-drive will precede the April 7-8 Green California Summit and Exposition at the Sacramento Convention Center. The April 6 Forum is being organized by Calstart, the Sacramento and East Bay Clean Cities organizations, and fleet optimization specialist CarbonBlu of Rocklin, Calif.

A Battery Truck for the Cost of a Diesel

December 8, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

That’s Orange EV’s Pitch to Yard Hostler Operators
Taking Advantage of the Drive Clean Chicago Program

A fully battery electric yard hostler can be had for about the cost of a diesel vehicle if operators take advantage of the Drive Clean Chicago program, says Kansas City-based Orange EV.

Calstart Annual and Blue Sky Awards

October 16, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Inaugural Conference and Annual Awards Luncheon

Pasadena, Calif.-based Calstart is holding its annual meeting and Blue Sky Awards luncheon on December 9 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

New Flyer’s Electric APTA Expo

October 14, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

An All-Battery 40-Footer and a Hydrogen Fuel Cell 60-Footer
As Electric Transit Buses Said to Be a Matter of ‘When,’ Not “If’

New Flyer Industries is flexing its electric muscle at APTA Expo 2014 in Houston this week. The Winnipeg-headquartered company is  showing its first all-battery electric bus, the 40-foot Xcelsior XE40, and has announced the hydrogen fuel cell-powered, 60-foot articulated Xcelsior X60. Both have Siemens electric drives.

US Hybrid Steps in for UTC Power

August 21, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contracts for the Next Generation Fuel Cell for Transit Buses

Southern California’s US Hybrid will step in where Connecticut’s UTC Power left off, and will build the next generation of fuel cells for transit buses with the support of the Federal Transit Administration. The announcement was made yesterday by Calstart, which administers the FTA project.

New York: $19mm for Clean Vehicles

August 12, 2013 in EVs, Hybrids, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mostly Electric Vehicles, But NGVs and DPFs Getting Funding Too

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a long-gestating $19 million initiative to spur the deployment of advanced technology in the state. NYT-VIP – the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program – has a decided emphasis on electric vehicles, but provides funding as well for natural gas vehicles, and for the installation of diesel particulate filters.

NAFA Next Month in New Jersey

March 11, 2013 in Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Atlantic City to Include Fleet Awards and a Calstart Track

The New Jersey-based NAFA Fleet Management Association is gearing up to hold its annual Institute and Expo in its home state. NAFA I&E is being held April 23-26 at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. The trade show takes place April 24-25.

GTS Summit, WTS Walkabout

March 9, 2013 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE & Execs at Green Truck Summit & Work Truck Show

The term “green fleet” will become just “fleet” over the next decade as sustainability becomes business as usual. “Sustainability and the green industry are here to stay,” says Lee Styslinger III, chairman and CEO of aerial lift specialist Altec.

California HVIP: More than 1,250 Trucks

February 5, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than $37.7 Million Worth of Incentive Vouchers Issued

Vouchers worth more than $37.7 million toward the purchase of 1,259 hybrid and electric and full battery electric trucks have been issued under HVIP, the Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program run by Calstart on behalf of the California Air Resources Board.

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